In this issue, we wanted to address something that the newsletter and Sexperts as a whole has always been dedicated to – the importance of discussing sex and sexuality. We will admit that this is partially in response to the surprising amount of facetime we’ve been getting in The D Opinions section (if you want to read about opposing an open discussion of sex and sexuality, check out “Explicit Signals,” on October 28). We do not, however, want this issue to be seen as a bunch of anonymous writers ganging up on someone who disagreed with our views. We understand that some people may not choose to embrace the goals of the Hump-day Gazette. However, we felt this newsletter was a good medium for exploring why open and frank discussion of sex and sexuality is important at Dartmouth. Sex and sexuality are present in all of our lives, no matter how we chose to deal with them. The newsletter could be structured to only deal with the health related aspect of sex, which is obviously incredibly important. However, mental and emotional sexual health are, we believe, tied to being able to explore sexual pleasure and discover the wide variety in sexuality that exists at Dartmouth. The one thing we do not want to do is try to tell you all to express your sexuality in a certain way. In this newsletter, a number of columnists discuss what it means to them to openly and frankly talk about sex and sexuality. If you want to get involved in the discussion, please blitz “Humpday.” The best way for us to be able to express a wide variety of experiences and opinions is with your help.
Have fun and stay safe!
-Kate and Michelle
P.S. We’ve also been getting some feedback about the name “Humpday Gazette,” but surprisingly it’s been more about how non-classy the phrase is as opposed to what a witty pun it is for a Sexperts newsletter that comes out on Wednesday (…self call).